Letesenbet Gidey broke Sifan Hassan's two-day-old 10,000m world record with 29:01.03 at the Ethiopian Olympic trials in Hengelo, Netherlands on Tuesday.
Ethiopian Gidey bettered the women’s 10,000m world record, just two days after Sifan Hassan broke it on the same track at the FBK Games in Hengelo Sunday. Gidey shaved 5.79 seconds off Hassan’s record and was only 1.03 seconds from becoming the first woman in history to break the 29 minutes.
Tsigie Gebreselama took second place with 30:06,01 while Tsehay Gemechu finished third with 30:19,29 and book her ticket to Tokyo on the Ethiopian Olympic team.
Last October in Valencia, Spain, shattered the women’s 5,000m world record previously held by Triunesh Dibaba by five seconds, running 14:06.65. She is the first woman to hold the 5,000 and 10,000m world records simultaneously since Norway's Ingrid Kristiansen, who held both from 1986-1993.
In 6th place finished Francine Niyonsaba, the former 800m star from Burundi, who qualified for Tokyo Olympics with 31:08,51. Niyonsaba won the 2016 and 2018 world indoor titles and was second at the 2017 World outdoor championships in the 800m.
There were also amazing results achieved in the women's 5000m, men's 10,000m, and women's 800m.
The top three women in the 5000m race ran inside the 14 minutes and 20 seconds. Gudaf Tsegay, the 1500m world championships bronze medalist, took the win in 14:13,32 while Ejgayehu Taye was second with 14:14,09 and Senbere Teferi third in 14:15,24.
In the men's 10,000m race four Ethiopians broke the 27:00 barrier. The 21-year-old Selemon Barega, the World 5000m silver medalist, edged Yomif Kejelcha, the two-time world indoor champion over 3000m and the world indoor mile record older, to win the Ethiopian trials in 26:49,51. Kejelcha was second in 26:49,73 while Berihu Aregawi finished close behind in 26:50,37. The fourth man was Hagos Gebrhiwet with 26:57,16.
A surprise win produced Werkwuha Getachew who won the women's 800m in a new world-leading time and a huge personal best of 1:56,67. Surprisingly Getachew broke the 2 minute barrier for the first time in her carrier.